Home > News >

Batsmen hold key in Australia-South Africa series: Mickey Arthur

Batsmen hold key in Australia-South Africa clash: Mickey Arthur

Australian coach Mickey Arthur admitted there was an extra incentive for him to get one over the Proteas in the upcoming series © Getty Images

 

Sydney: Oct 17, 2012

 

Top order batsmen will face a “baptism of fire” in South Africa’s upcoming tour Down Under as the world’s two best pace bowling line-ups face each other, Australian coach Mickey Arthur said Tuesday.

 

Australia are hoping to reclaim cricket’s world number one ranking over a packed Test schedule in the year ahead, starting with the first of three against top-ranked South Africa in Brisbane on November 9.

 

“It’s going to be about the batters,” Arthur said of the series.

 

“It is going to be about which top six can adapt better, which top six is going to be more consistent over the three Test series. I think both top sixes are in for a real baptism of fire.”

 

Arthur said the ability of the Australian batsmen to hold off South Africa’s bowling line up, which includes pacemen Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, was an opportunity to prove themselves.

 

On Australia’s side, selector John Inverarity said there could be as many as five pace bowlers in the squad for the first Test at the Gabba, with James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Starc all in the mix.

 

“We’re just delighted that we’ve got the pace bowling on tap that we have,” Inverarity said.

 

The toughest choice for Australian selectors will be that of wicket-keeper and whether to name the more experienced Brad Haddin over Matthew Wade.

 

“We are aware of all the factors; I mean the fact that Matthew is 24 and rising and Brad turns 35 about now,” Inverarity said.

 

“Obviously Matthew is more for the future, but we’re very focused on who deserves and who will be best against South Africa.”

 

Cricket Australia also defended its decision to withdraw Shane Watson midway through the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa to have the all-rounder fresh and rested for the upcoming Test campaign at home.

 

“We need Shane to be best prepared for that first Test match,” Arthur said of Watson, 31, who has proven himself with bat and ball in all forms of cricket and is a star of the Indian Premier League.

 

“For us right now his best preparation is coming back and playing some red-ball cricket.”

 

South-African born Arthur admitted there was an extra incentive for him to “get one over” the Proteas in the upcoming series.

 

“On a personal level for me, I guess it has a little bit of extra spice to play against the country of your birth, the country that I coached for five years,” he told journalists in Sydney.

 

But he said “first and foremost” the series was about Australia getting back to the top position in international cricket.

 

Australia dominated world cricket from 1995 but its fortunes dived after Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden retired, culminating in a 3-1 Ashes defeat at home in the 2010/11 season.

 

There have been recent signs of a revival with a 4-0 whitewash of India last summer at home and the emergence of a new generation of rising stars such as Pattinson, David Warner and Pat Cummins.

 

“We have a massive opportunity here to get back to number one in the world and that’s what this series is going to be about,” Arthur said. (AFP)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs

Photos

Don Bradman's ducks

Videos

Dhoni praises Raina's century in 2nd ODI

Shahrukh Khan scores a hundred!

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Kashmiri students bashed up in Punjab for supporting Pakistan

MS Dhoni did not cross the line, clarifies BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel

Suresh Raina: Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence

MS Dhoni heaps praise on Suresh Raina for match-winning knock

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Jagmohan Dalmiya booked for disrespect towards national flag

Shahrukh Khan scores a hundred!

Shakib al-Hasan won’t be allowed to participate in CLT20 2014

Justice Mukul Mudgal: We will submit an interim report in Supreme Court

Ramesh Powar quits Rajasthan Ranji team after receiving NOC from BCCI

Hiralal Gaekwad: the southpaw who lost out to Vinoo Mankad

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014, 3rd ODI at Dambulla Preview: Series decider to witness intense battle between Asian giants

Ganesh Chathurti XI: Kapil Dev, Amit Mishra and Dodda Ganesh among India players to feature

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Four best partnerships between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

Is Mouni Roy the new golden girl of Colors?

Apple’s ‘wish we could say more’ invite forces enthusiasts to decode the silence

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014, 3rd ODI at Dambulla Preview: Series decider to witness intense battle between Asian giants

Pakistan’s polio woes continue — funds likely to run out soon!

NGOs pursue education for all

After Rani Mukerji’s Mardaani, Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom declared tax free!

Apple iPhone 6: Everything we know so far

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Why adding every part of coconut to your diet is a healthy idea

Hiralal Gaekwad: the southpaw who lost out to Vinoo Mankad

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here